Tag: #stoicism

Table for …two?

“I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived – and dying I will tend to later.” Epictetus


A wonderful however very difficult component of the Stoic life is acceptance that we are not in possession of the capacity to manipulate “everything” in our lives.

That makes us initially very uneasy

That makes us unsure, anxious, scared even

But IF, and only IF we embrace the FACT that there is much we cannot manipulate no matter how much we push against it

There lies freedom to pursue the things we can create, the change we can make

life becomes simpler and maybe under that lies Happiness

just maybe

So today death has not come, her chair sits across and empty

I understand its not my choice when she arrives

I pray its many sunsets from now

but ultimately I enjoy todays menu

Bon Apetitimage

Extreme times

romafan

We live in extremes

Sports- our team

Politics- our Party our Candidate

Indulgences of Food, Drink

Polarized towards a absolute in lifestyle

Unwavering

Uncompromising

after all we have to be righteous don’t we

heaven forbid we don’t have it all figured out

heaven forbid we embark on collaboration

but wait,

I would like to state my case for the Balanced life or,


ho·me·o·sta·sis
ˌhōmēəˈstāsəs/
noun
the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.

As a young professional  and also avid Physique athlete I made my home in Extremes…

I will not lie in stating that in the short run extreme approaches – immersion, polarization, work and work well

They lose the midas touch when we seek a full and rewarding life

when it becomes about the WHOLE and not the parts

the Sprint might be for the extreme

but life isn’t a Sprint its a Triathlon, and one on another level of challenging

Balance, understanding, perpetual growth, steady growth gets us there and gets us there fulfilled knowing we lived well

here is to living well

 

Everyone’s a Expert….what to read?

Those who know me realize I have been on a mission of absorbing as much “knowledge” as possible over the past years. This year thus far I can notch no less than 60 books to that list. The tilt has been on the following subjects:
1. Business / entrepreneurial. 
2. Self improvement / motivational 
3.leadership
4. Physical culture
The summary is this- 

1.Do not overload oneself with reading everything on given topics. 

2.System overload is REAL

3. Reading bests watching BUT DOING TRUMPS ALL. 

4. Pick a thought leader/ writer/ influencer and immerse oneself. The Stoics even wrote of too much reading and nit enough applying. 

The greatest PREMIUM we have access to ( we all do) is TIME. VERY LIMITED/ FIXED – the challenge is to maximize Time efficiency. As in:

1. Dedication of a percentage of time to pursuing career aspirations. 

2. Time slotted to pursuit of Experiences- travel, play, hobby whatever that looks like for you. Mastery of experiences. This is critical in the grand scheme of happiness and life fulfilled. 

3. Family & Friends- this is a tricky one because in some ways this can be a guilty hinderence. The key is to identify who/ what matter most and make time for those people. There are simply some that want to directly or indirectly keep you static ( which is in fact dragging you backwards). This is probably the most difficult area of personal exploration but also very important.  You cannot see or please everyone. You should not expose yourself to those with agendas conflicting towards yours dreams. Make time for what matters and do not guilt over trying to be everything to everyone. 

4.creating work balance – it should be obvious from the items listed below that balance is critical. 

5. Daily time for (3) things that will ultimately make life more enjoyable 

       1. Daily reading of Philosiphy – I prefer the Stoics Epictetus, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius however that is entirely up to you

       2. Writing/ Blogging- as Seth Godin plainly states – blogging daily is one of the best things we creatively can do. Just start a WordPress page and rant , ramble- matter. Who knows what it will lead to. If you prefer writing just set a time to be alone with your thoughts and write. 

       3. Meditate / unplug- I am type A however I see the absolute value in clearing the dry erase board of my mind. I am not great at it but dedicated to making improvements 
For me as I stare at my book shelves and my desk here are the texts that are in my Backpack – Go to list. 
1. Tim Ferriss- the 4 hour work week ( expanded) – this is the one book that changed me. I suggest Tims Blog and podcast strongly 

2. Seth Godin- anything/ everything Seth writes but for this post I’ll say TRIBES, also Seths blog is awesome- subscribe 😊

3. Peter Diamandis- BOLD- it’s business/ entrepreneur and leadership but conciousness and enlightenment. It is really eye opening – ABUNDANCE is something I am reading and encourage anyone to read to open awareness to a world view of living. 

4. Seneca/ Epictetus/ Marcus Aurelius / St Paul- all stoic because for me the key understanding has been dealing with the reality of life. 
So that’s a wrap for today! Talk to you all soon